14 Fantastic Ideas To Keep The Kids Cool In A Heatwave

Jill Holtz

July 3, 2018


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Keeping your child cool during hot spells and heatwaves can be tricky, especially if there are water restrictions and you can’t just let them loose in the paddling pool or under the hose or sprinkler. So we’ve had a look around for some ideas to help cool down the kids.
Here are 14 Fantastic Ideas To Keep The Kids Cool In A Heatwave:

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#1. Make Frozen Homemade Ice Pops

frozen fruit ice pops

Making some home made frozen ice pops and keeping a steady supply of them going is my top tip for keeping the kids cool.

For an alternative to fruit juice, cut up fresh fruit and freeze in coconut water.

And if you don’t have an ice pop mould, then easy alternatives are to freeze the yoghurt tubes or stick a popsicle stick in a yoghurt and freeze.

You might also enjoy reading 10 Simple Ice Cream Recipes that Kids Will Love

#2. Frozen Fruit

frozen berries

I’m definitely going to give these a go. Just freeze any fruit that your child enjoys, for example:

  • watermelon slices
  • bananas – you could slice them lengthways for a long banana-pop
  • grapes (only for older kids)
  • berries
  • apple slices

#3. Frozen Water Bottles

frozen bottles

We always do this when we are staying in a hot country for our holidays, so it’s totally handy for home too. Freeze bottles of water overnight to take out and use during the day, the ice will melt and keep the water lovely and cold as you go.

Tip: don’t fill the bottle completely full as the water expands as it freezes into ice.

#4. Chilled Fruity Water

fruit infused water

It’s important to keep the kids well hydrated but after a while normal water gets boring and you don’t want to give them too many soda pops or too much high juice with sugar. So why not try making fruit infused water to keep sugar intake down? These lovely recipes from Momadvice.com should inspire you.

#5. Chill Pulse Points

mini ice blocks

Cooling certain pulse points on your body e.g. wrists, back of neck, hands, feet, face and ears, cooling any of these can help bring your overall body temperature down. Either use cold water or else use an ice pack, or ice cubes in a paper towel, and chill the pulse points.

Pick up mini ice blocks or bags on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com to keep in the freezer and the kids can help themselves whenever they get hot again.

#6. Keep the Suncream in the Fridge


Pop your sunscreen tubes/containers into the fridge. It’ll help cool the kids down when you go to apply it!

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#7. Use Ice with Fans


If you place a large bowl of ice or some frozen water bottles in front of the fan that will cool the air that the fan circulates around the room.

#8. Make a Homemade Fan

Make fun homemade fans with some paper, glue and a stick. These Flower and Watermelon fans are cute:

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#9. Ice Painting

ice painting

Image courtesy of Education.com

Get your child to help make Ice Paints, they will then enjoy making some cold art after the paints are ready.

This Ice Painting project from Education.com freezes actual paints while this one from Mommy’s Bundle uses different Kool Aid colours to make coloured ice cubes that the kids can then “paint” with. If you don’t have Kool Aid you could use food colouring for the ice cubes.

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#10. Cooling Spray

spray bottles

Use a cooled spray bottle to spritz their faces or necks to help them cool down. Add ice to your spray bottle if you’re heading off somewhere, to help keep the water cool.

You can pick up spray bottles on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com and they are handy for misting your house plants as well as the kids!

#11. Freeze Toys

Fill a bucket or bowl with water and some plastic toys, freeze it, and let your kids have fun melting it.

Here’s a fun idea from Pinterest making a dinosaur ice cube:

dinosaur ice cube

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#12. Water Balloons

Make up some water balloons and let the kids loose in the garden. You can use regular party balloons in place of water balloons, but they may not pop as readily as dedicated water-fight balloons. Water balloons tend to be smaller than air and helium balloons, and they are usually made from a thinner material

or how about making some colourful frozen water balloons?

#13. Sponge Water Bombs

sponge water bombs

Image courtesy of Positively Splendid

Love this idea for Sponge Water Bombs from Positively Splendid. She made sponge bombs from different coloured sponges.

And when you have made the sponge bombs, the kids can soak, squish, throw and play with them.

#14. Ice Bricks

ice bricks

Image courtesy of Playathomemom

What a fun idea from Play at Home Mom for making ice bricks. She used different containers to make different sized and differently coloured ice bricks which her son had fun playing with.

Over to you now. Do you have any other suggestions for keeping the kids cool during a heatwave? Share them with us in the comments below. 

14 Fantastic Ideas to Keep The Kids Cool


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Published On: July 3rd, 2018 / Categories: For Parents / Last Updated: July 3rd, 2018 / Tags: /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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